A composite or tooth-colored filling is usually the first choice to repair a tooth that is affected by early or moderate decay, cracks, or old, failing fillings. The defective part of the tooth or old material is removed and then filled with a beautiful, bonded restoration. Although today’s composite materials are durable and beautiful, they do have a limited life-span, depending on many factors, including home care, size and location of the filling, and bite forces. They may need to be replaced at some point, either with a new filling or a crown. Dr. Reeder will always recommend what is best for you and your dental health. Reasons for fillings: new decay, decay around an existing filling, cracked or chipped teeth, worn or “abfracted” teeth, misshapen teeth
Reasons for tooth-colored fillings:
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.